Regardless of what one thinks of the verdict, the result in the Anthony case is an important reminder that you never know what is going to happen when a case goes to a jury. When the case goes to the jury, there is nothing to do except wait for the result.
In mediation, the parties do not lose control of the process. The parties decide whether to settle, and the case will settle only if they agree. However, remembering the uncertainty inherent in not settling and leaving the result to a jury is often a powerful incentive for making a deal!